MATERNITY MASSAGE - Treatment time 60 minutes
A specialised Massage that is carefully adapted to suit each stage of your pregnancy. Focusing on the unique physical needs of mums-to-be. Relieving stress on the hip joints for sciatic pain or your lower back where your abdominal wall is pressing forward, easing painful and tired muscles. Lymphatic drainage for the hands and legs providing a solution to some of the temporary challenges of pregnancy. Maternity Massage stimulates the endocrine system helping stabilize hormone levels, birth anxiety and nervous tension. (subject to an online pre-screen questionnaire)
POSTPARTUM MASSAGE - Treatment time 60 minutes
Childbirth and the subsequent sleepless nights takes a heavy mental and physical toll on a woman's body. Whether your shoulders ache from breast feeding, your hips now feel out of alignment or your lower back hurts from placing your little one in and out of the cot. Included in a much needed relaxing massage I can also use Soft Tissue Release and Muscle Energy Techniques to release and strengthen areas of tightness. ( subject to an online pre-screen questionnaire)
Findings from the Foetal and Neonatal Stress Research Group at Imperial College concluded that a stress free pregnancy is best for mum and baby. They conclude there is a significant correlation between maternal cortisol levels (stress hormones) and foetal cortisol levels. So if you are feeling the stress signs from the pressures of work, maintaining a healthy pregnancy and preparing for the Birth then find ways of reducing your stress levels - walking, reading, taking a bath etc..
Or find time for a safe & secure Maternity Massage - Haley M “This is so relaxing and bump really enjoys it too, the oils really helped moisturise my ever-stretching skin and Lynda’s knowledge was extensive that I felt safe in her hands.”
Safe positioning - side lying technique and for the later stages can massage single sided so there is no need to turn over.
Special care taken for those undergoing fertility treatment including IVF or IUI Programmes. Some pregnancy conditions might restrict Maternity Massage and will require GP or Midwife approval Fever / Nausea / Diabetes / High Blood Pressure / Placenta Praevia (low lying position) / Vascular Inflammation (Buerger’s disease - inflammation of the blood vessels primarily in legs or Phlebitis - inflammation of a vein Pre-eclampsia / Deep Vein Thrombosis / Pitting Oedema.
Post-birth massage depends upon type of birth and pain relief you received it can be from 4 - 6 weeks to 6 months (C-section) with GP approval.
During my Pregnancy I was living in Southern Ireland where maternity care other than in hospitals is fairly rare or concentrated in central Dublin. However I sourced an excellent Massage Therapist (Ethna McQuillan) who I went to see throughout my pregnancy and beyond. The Massage calmed me down at a time when I was living far away from family and friends and also calmed my birth anxiety. I had someone to talk to about the pregnancy and how my body was changing. Ethna inspired me to also train as a Maternity Massage Therapist. I originally planned to go to America to learn as they were the only country I could see that provided this course. However I found out that my own excellent training school offered this diploma and I was the first to sign up for it.
This Maternity Massage Diploma means that I am qualified to Massage pregnant women from Trimester One. This has meant continual care for a lot of my clients who originally come to me for other types of treatments or massage and then discover they are pregnant and so their treatment sessions can continue
Maternity Massage may assist with Lymphatic Drainage techniques on hands and feet & legs / reduces stress, tension and anxiety / speeds up venous and lymph circulation / deeper more relaxed breathing / reduces pain by increasing dopamine levels / elevates mood / decreases muscle tension / prepares a woman physically, emotionally and mentally for labour and supports a healthy utero environment - for more benefits see Massage Magazine article on Prenatal Massage
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Some useful links to articles and sites that give additonal reading material on Pregnancy and Postpartum Massage
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